North Carolina Central 45 Savannah State 33
Jordan Reid passed for 241 yards and three touchdowns while Andre Clarke ran for 117 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Eagles (2-2) to a win over Savannah State at T. A. Wright Stadium before a crowd of 3,415 fans on Sept. 22. SSU (0-3) scored from their first play from scrimmage when Antoinio Bostick threw a 80 yard touchdown pass to Simon Heyward. SSU led 14- 10 at the half but gave up 28 points in the third quarter. Bostick passed for 332 yards and two touchdowns while running for 74 yards and two touchdowns. Heyward caught 7 passes for 220 yards while Greg Brown and John Wilson each had nine tackles for the defense.
Q&A With SSU Athletic Director Sterling Steward, Jr.
1- The school has received some criticism for playing Oklahoma State and Florida State to start the football season. Some are saying the school should of made more money. What do you say to the critics? “We received as much money as we could. We did not meet the minimum qualifications by the NCAA for an FCS team to play an FBS team and be considered as a bowl eligible win. We received waivers from both schools in order to play the games, because we didn’t meet the qualifications. When someone goes out of their way to play that game, you have no room to leverage more money.”
2- SSU has to pay Northern Iowa $200,000 for breaking its football contract. The university received $860,000 for playing OSU and FSU so the school made $660,000. Where will the money be used? “We were able to hire three football coaches we would not have been able to otherwise. We were also able to hire a third full-time athletic trainer and a graduate assistant athletic trainer. The rest of the money went into the operating budget of the athletic department.”
3- In future non-conference games, will SSU try and schedule more in-state opponents such as Fort Valley State, Albany State, Morehouse, Clark Atlanta, Mercer, Georgia State and Georgia Southern? “We are playing Georgia Southern in 2013 and negotiating to play an in-state D II opponent every year. Playing in-state opponents is of great benefit to all parties as it develops in-state rivalries, gives fans of both teams a great experience and helps the smaller schools financially.”
4- Is SSU athletics currently operating in the red? If so, what is the deficit? “We are in the red. We’re currently at a 1.4 million deficit.”
5- SSU has a new logo. How did that come about? “The new logo was created out of a strong recommendation from our licensing company to develop a logo that is more recognizable and would incorporate our University name along with the standard SSU type, because there is another institution with the same initials.”
6- Since becoming the AD, you have added some new positions in the department. Are you operating with a full staff now? “No. But, we have made significant strides with adding staff members.”
7- What new things are on the horizon for SSU athletics? “We are looking forward to being a dominate force in the MEAC with all of our sports. Aslo, continuing to play the best out of conference competition out there for all of our sports.”